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Bar and bat mitzvahs are tough: If you’re the poor schlub stuck on the bimah, not only do you have to impress friends and family with an Indiana Jones–ian knowledge of ancient language and ceremony, but afterward you’ve got to play nimble host to a hotel ballroom full of judgmental teens awaiting your slightest misstep. Brutal, no? It would go better with a little weed, yes? Kids, start building your case to the parents with Monica Haim’s Awake Zion, a documentary-project-in-progress that examines the connections between Judaism and Rastafarianism. All your folks will need to see is Mattissyahu, in full hasidic regalia, spouting perfect reggae to convince them that one good rite of passage deserves another. The film screens, in conjunction with the Washington Jewish Film Festival, at 8:30 p.m. at the D.C. Jewish Community Center’s Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $9. (800) 494-8497. (Mike Kanin)